Small schools consolidating into bigger school
Good Things Come in Small Packages: What’s So Great About Small Schools?
It’s a matter of logic: smaller schools typically have smaller classes, and low teacher-student ratios translate into more focus on your child and his education.
From a cognitive standpoint, scaling back class size is good because it offers the opportunity to delve deeper into the curriculum and move through it at a faster pace.
In fact, many studies show improvement in instructional quality and academic success at small schools.
It’s equally beneficial from a social standpoint—fewer students in the room make class participation inescapable, but also usually less intimidating.
The size of such schools actually promotes belongingness; it becomes difficult for kids to go unnoticed and slip through the proverbial cracks.
The Chicago Public School system small schools website puts it this way: “Smaller numbers of students, a more intimate and personalized learning environment, and a cohesive vision among teachers characterize small schools.” Smaller schools operate more like a community than a corporation.
Take, for example, a typical high school sports team.
In a big school, competition is fierce for a coveted few spots; those students who make the team gain a personal investment in the school, while those who don’t make the roster—and their families, by extension—may walk away feeling marginalized.
In smaller schools the chance for student participation is recurrently higher because students are required rather than redundant; as a result, children in smaller schools and their families have more of a stake in their school.
Larger than Life: What’s So Great About Big Schools?
On the other hand, larger schools can be equally advantageous for different reasons.
One of the primary arguments for large schools is the curricular diversity, or variety of classes, they offer.